Speech Therapist

Job | Posted 9 months ago
Position Areas



Under limited supervision, provides professional services to screen, identify, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate students with communication disorders.  Reports to the Principals of assigned schools.
Serves as a resource to school staff members in the development of a balanced program for oral communication and speech improvement.
Evaluates and identifies students with communication disorders.  Provides a thorough assessment and diagnosis of speech, voice, hearing and language impairments.
Consults with school principals to develop a schedule which is in compliance with the Defined Minimum Program and the student’s IEP for regular instructional periods for students on caseload.
Assists and counsels teachers, parents and others  in observing, describing and referring suspected and identified speech/language impairments.
Assists in proper referrals of individuals to agencies and specialists in the community as appropriate.
Plans and evaluates instruction to meet individual students’ needs and to correct existing speech or language handicaps within assigned caseload.
Communicates with classroom teachers, parents and other school staff members to implement continued instructional practices for the students’ daily activities.
Provides information, support and counseling to parents and families as appropriate.
Develops IEPs for students on caseload.
Complies with applicable state and federal laws in the implementation of procedural safeguards; complies with standard operating procedures developed by the Office of Programs for the Handicapped.
Maintains required student and district records.
Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints from staff, parents and other agency personnel regarding therapy services.
Performs various office duties as necessary, including preparing reports and correspondence, compiling information and data for reports, attending meetings, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, etc.
Operates various types of machinery and equipment including a computer, printer, typewriter, calculator, copier, telephone, audiometer, hearing aids, scopes, augmentative devices, tape recorder, various other learning aids, etc. 
Performs related duties as required.
Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and State Certification (Speech)
Physical Requirements: Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which involves some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 20 pounds).
Data Conception:  Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.
Interpersonal Communications:  Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information.  Includes receiving assignments and/or direction from supervisor.
Language Ability:  Requires ability to read a variety of reports and documentation, policy and procedure manuals, medical texts, technical manuals, professional journals, etc. Requires the ability to prepare therapy plans, reports, records, recommendations, correspondence, etc., with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.  Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control and confidence.
Intelligence:  Requires the ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Requires the ability to apply to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.  Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.
Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow and give verbal and written instructions; to counsel and teach employees and clients.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with persons of varying ages and educational/cultural backgrounds
Numerical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to determine percentages and decimals and to determine time.  Must be able to use practical applications of geometry and statistics.
Form/Spatial Aptitude:  Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape; to identify degrees of similarity or differences in form, shape, movement, etc.; and visually read various information.
Motor Coordination:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes using office and special therapeutic equipment/machinery; to operate motor vehicles.
Manual Dexterity:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, keyboards, office equipment, control knobs, buttons, switches, catches, therapy aids, etc.  Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
Color Discrimination:  Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.
Interpersonal Temperament:  Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with emergency situations or tight deadlines. The worker may be subject to danger or risk to a moderate degree and to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.
Physical Communications:  Requires the ability to talk and hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing:  perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

Knowledge of Job:  Has thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of the Richland County School District One as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Speech-Language Therapist.  Has thorough knowledge of the organization of the District.  Is knowledgeable in the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.  Is able to make sound, educated decisions.  Has the ability to plan and develop daily, short- and long-term goals related to District purposes.  Is able to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision.   Has the ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.  Has comprehensive knowledge of the theories, methods, practices and materials of speech/language pathology.  Has thorough knowledge in the areas of special education, special needs assessment, pediatric rehabilitation, anatomy, sign language, etc.  Has knowledge of instructional aids and teaching techniques.   Is able to understand pertinent medical reports concerning students on caseload and, when appropriate, interpret and dispense this information judiciously. Has skills in diagnosing and prescribing for the educational needs of handicapped students and in developing individualized educational programs.  Knows how to develop effective relationships with assigned students.  Knows how to maintain effective relationships with parents, personnel of other departments, professionals and members of the public through contact and cooperation.  Is able to provide effective leadership and supervision as assigned.  Has the ability to offer training and assistance to co-workers and employees of other departments as required.  Is able to read and interpret complex materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job.  Is able to assemble and analyze information and make written reports and records in a concise, clear and effective manner.  Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology and various professional languages used within the department.  Has knowledge of proper English usage, grammar, punctuation and spelling; has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations.   Has knowledge of and is able to use modern office practices and equipment, including computers.   Knows how to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.   Has the ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency. 
Quality of Work:  Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities.  Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility.  Maintains high quality communication and interaction with internal and external entities with whom the position interacts.
Quantity of Work:  Performs described Essential Functions and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations.
Dependability:  Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work.   Completes assigned work within deadlines in accordance with directives, policy, standards and prescribed procedures.  Maintains accountability for assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.
Attendance:  Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness.  Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and leave requests.
Initiative and Enthusiasm:  Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities.  Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates proper and acceptable action for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.
Judgment:  Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility.  Identifies issues or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives.  Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to issues or situations.  Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors.  Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches issues, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.
Cooperation:  Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same.  Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with established policies or procedures, etc.  Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation intra- and inter-departmentally.
Relationships with Others:  Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and co-workers for mutual  benefit.  Contributes to maintaining high morale among all employees.  Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships inter- and intra-departmentally, and with external entities with whom the position interacts.  Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints in order to established and maintain good will.  Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image.
Coordination of Work:  Plans and organizes daily work routine.  Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology.  Avoids duplication of effort.  Estimates expected time of completion of work elements and establishes a personal schedule accordingly.  Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time.  Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. 
Safety and Housekeeping:  Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards.  Ensures such standards are not violated. 

Posted By

Richland County School District One

1616 Richland St , Columbia, SC 29201

At the following locations


Waverly Adminstration Building 1225 Oak Street, Columbia, SC 29204

Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $11,316

% ELL Students


State Average: 6%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 15.20

% IEP Students


State Average: 13%



State Average: 766